Current Exhibition

24 September 2021

NEW MYTHOLOGIES by Jonas Pihl

NEW MYTHOLOGIES by Jonas Pihl

SEP 24 - OCT 22 2021

Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present NEW MYTHOLOGIES which is the second solo exhibition of the Danish visual artist Jonas Pihl. Known for his imaginative paintings he turns the gallery into a portal to another universe and its worlds.

The works of Jonas Pihl contain the elements of abstraction and randomness together with precise perspective shifts. On top of those, each painting is filled with adventurous components and symbols that bridge the familiar with the unknown, the random and the controlled or in larger terms – the Chaos and the Cosmos. These dualisms are always present in Pihl’s oeuvre. With the thought of the viewer they merge and form a new approach, attitude or mythology. Jonas Pihl believes we are in a need of those and through his works enables us to take on the experience.

The use of Venetian linen in all the new paintings creates a subtle background for everything that is going on in each painting. The dripping acrylic allows space for randomness when it is the gravity that decides the destination of the drop. The repetition of that action creates a pattern that becomes a decorative element of the painting and that is only the beginning. They are met by geometrical shapes of circles, triangles and squares which give a sense of something tangible by the mind, something we know, something we can hold onto. Then the colour palette adds the wildness portion – in Pihl’s universe all the hues can exist together and form exciting compositions.

Our world is built from various elements that bind everything together. The fractal systems, Fibonacci sequence or the circle are just some examples of structures that are foundational to the existence. The small connects to the large, the micro cosmos becomes the macro cosmos. There is an order that initiates the beginning and end of each particle. The mind can only comprehend so much, but the ethereal is in symbiosis with the material. The paintings of Jonas Pihl form compositions that allow for their content to elevate to a higher effect.

Jonas Pihl considers himself a spectator of the present, having in mind that it is like a curtain that offers many layers of experience, depending on any individual. This approach has paradoxically made him present – and not distanced – to the here and now, perhaps because he is not engrossed in it.

The works shown as part of the exhibition point to sci-fi-like figurations and virtual spaces that create the titled NEW MYTHOLOGIES that the viewer can step into. It is a getaway from the constantly changing contemporary world. The concentration of the works with their dualisms stems from an ideology that two seemingly contradictory poles might merge in a dialogue about something higher, rather that causing a dispute.

Jonas Pihl was born in 1978. He lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has received BFA and MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art under Professor Jesper Christiansen. Together with his MFA Pihl also has a Diploma from Sisifos Centre for Psychotherapy. The artist has exhibited widely in Denmark, Europe and USA. His works are represented in private and public collections such as: Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Københavns Kommunes Kulturudvalg and Copenhagen Airport.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites you to the opening of the exhibition NEW MYTHOLOGIES by Jonas Pihl Friday, September 24th from 15.00 to 19.00. The show will run until October 22nd. Facemasks are no longer required, but we kindly remind you to keep a safe distance to other visitors.

Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 15-18, Saturday 12-16. For further information and sales request, please contact the gallery at: hello@christofferegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00. Bredgade 75, DK-1260 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

24 August 2021

ARMORS by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir

ARMORS by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir

KONGENS NYTORV August 24th – October 1st
SANKT ANNÆ PLADS October 1st – October 31st

Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to announce that the exhibition ARMORS by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir will open on Kgs. Nytorv August 24th. After three weeks on Kongens Nytorv the exhibition moves to Sankt Annæ Plads from October 1st
 to October 31st.

ARMORS incorporates three life size sculpture pairs in cast aluminium, a total of 6 sculptures. Within each pair a suit of armor stands in humanlike dialogue with a raw, androgynous figure of the same material and human scale. The suits of armor originate from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art permanent collection. Three precious medieval armors were 3D scanned meticulously by the museum and cast into sculptures, a collaboration between the museum and the artist.

The androgynous figures standing against the suits of armor in the installation are central to Thórarinsdóttir’s art. They represent the general human psyche rather than a distinct sex or ethnic identity. The humanlike figure itself is stripped off any societal, cultural and political implications.

Though the incorporation of armor unavoidably references the current global prevalence of war and aggression, the installation uses the suit of armor as an iconographic tool; a collective symbol of guardedness and power standing antithetically to – yet in curious dialogue with the nude open spirit of the humanlike figure.

The pairs symbolize how mankind’s need for protection has been central to our lives for centuries. The merger of medieval armors and ageless, androgynous figures speak to the human condition today and in the past.  At a time when the world is physically and ideologically divided ARMORS is put forward in the public realm to stimulate conversation and bridge differences.

Thorarinsdóttir’s eldest son – who since 1997 has been the base model for most of the artist’s figure casts – posed for ARMORS in a way that subtly emulated the resting posture of each suit of armor. The physical result is that each figure appears capable of fitting directly inside its empty armor, while their mirrored postures also subconsciously establish a firmer bond between each contrasting pair. The interplay and dialogue between the opposing forms of the works are deliberately open to social interpretation.

The installation is life size and stands at ground level in the heart of Copenhagen inviting visitors and Copenhageners alike to actively participate in the dialogue, feel the power within each pair and become part of the conversation.

THE EXHIBITION “CONNECTIONS” IN ODENSE SEPTEMBER 2021

On 1st of September Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir opens the exhibition CONNECTIONS in Odense which consists of life-size cast iron sculptures reflecting the architecture at the SDU campus. CONNECTIONS will be exhibited at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) inside and outside on campus, in the centre of Odense as well as in Copenhagen, at Strandgade 89 in front of the Icelandic Embassy.

Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir has developed the exhibitions ARMORS and CONNECTIONS in close collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and DIAS Fellow Dr. James Rogers’ interdisciplinary project on war and art.

As an interdisciplinary historian of war and human conflict, James Rogers works with artists to express understandings about the impact of crisis, catastrophe and war on human society. He has worked with Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir for the last five years and utilised her work Borders, Armors, Cairns, and Fragments, to stimulate new interpretations of how people are connected, divided, mentally and physically fragmented, and personally affected by war, conflict, and crisis.

The exhibition CONNECTIONS aims to connect people and stimulate discussion about what divides and unites us as human beings. Read more about CONNECTIONS here.

Thanks to Albani Fonden and Danish Institute for Advanced Study

CONNECTIONS in Odense and ARMORS in Copenhagen are made possible thanks to the Albani Fonden and Danish Institute for Advanced Study, SDU.

Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir is born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has been working professionally for over 40 years and has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, USA and Australia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. In Copenhagen her works can be seen at f.e. in Rigshospitalet, by St. Jakobs Kirke in Osterbrogade, in the courtyard of Finansrådet in Amaliegade and outside Terminal 3 at Copenhagen Airport. In 2015 Steinunn ́s exhibition PLACES was staged in various locations in Copenhagen in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen and Galleri Christoffer Egelund.

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